Diane Sawyer: Slurring Causes Drunken Rumors

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Diane Sawyer, like most news anchors and reporters, was exhausted last night. But Sawyer, who covered Hurricane Sandy in depth right before election night, may have taken too much onto herself, and it showed in a big way on air last night.

Sawyer is battling rumors today that she was drunk or high during her coverage of the election after she slurred her words, repeated herself, and mispronounced Obama’s name. Reps for ABC say she was simply extremely tired, which accounted for her propping herself up on her hands against the desk at varying points during the broadcast.

“Diane’s been up for days and she’s had many sleepless nights. She was covering the hurricane and then preparing for the election broadcast. If you knew Diane you’d realise she’s one of the hardest working people on television. She likes to cram things in, she likes to have every fact at her finger tips…and I think that came at the expense of the broadcast,” a source told the Daily Mail.

Sawyer wasn’t the only exhausted person covering the big night; Brian Williams seemed to have a bit less patience than usual during interviews, hardly cracking a smile all night and letting his professional news anchor guard down a little when he talked about “weed all over the ballots”. He also reamed Donald Trump, who was live-tweeting during the election results, saying, “Donald Trump, who has driven well past the last exit to relevance and peered into something closer to irresponsible here, is tweeting tonight.”

Diane Sawyer: Slurring Causes Drunken Rumors
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  • Tami

    Be aware that slurring is also a symptom that someone could be having a stroke.

    • http://WebProNews RG

      Very Possible She does show signs! Maybe signs of early seniality! Did I spell that right?

  • Sondra Y

    Please give her a break, she is and always has been an amazing journalist.. why do we have to dissect and judge every action. She has been covering the Hurricane and the election and probably numerous other things. Instead of judging her send her some love, appreciation and respect for her commitment to keep us informed.May she be blessed and she is a blessing!

  • Scamuel Jones

    Drunk or drugged up or just a plain retarded moron? Either way she’s not the only one who’s drunk or slurs words at ABC. Barbara Walters has been doing for the past 40 years, but then she’s a perpetual drunk! And poor old Brian Williams over at NBC has become about as irrelevant as he claims Trump is! BOTH Williams and Trump are irrelevant POS SOBs!

  • Connie Burke

    Well, all I can say is I wish I had been drunk and maybe I would not be so sad today that we as Americans have to watch this country go down the tubes another 4 years!

  • http://prowebnews lyn

    been there done that with no alcohol involved….im 60 and if im with people when i am drained physically and mentally…i tend to try really hard to make people think i am still with it…it never goes well!!!

  • Sondra Y

    When I get extremely tired I slur my words. I know other people that slur their words when they are tired.

  • KD

    I know a lady very well who not only slurrs her words when she is extremely tired, but she also begins to stutter which she does not do at any other time. What ever happened to giving someone the benefit of the doubt.

  • steve

    I’m sorry, I love her to death, but she’s drunk IMHO – this is not the mannerisms of someone who’s tired, taking muscle relaxors – love her, but she appears drunk – I watched the whole video and she botched several common words – if the truth could be known, I’d serious bet $100 that she was drunk.

    • CJ

      I saw the coverage live. Didn’t think much of her delivery until I found the article on the internet. I slurred my words the day I had a stroke. Don’t be so critical!

  • Carolynn

    Maybe she’s sharing 7:00 a.m. cocktails with Hoda Kotbe and Kathy Lee Gifford.

  • Cheri

    Here’s a thought Maybe she’s diabetic

  • person

    ok honestly i have to say get off her back. the poor woman’s exausted and when you try to seem awake in the middle of some huge thing, it generally either ends up you fall on your face dead asleep or you look like you just finished the 8th pot of coffe, mixxed with a little rum or tequila.as a high school student who had to watch this for a homework assignment, i have to say shes did rather well for following up on sandy (shoutout to all the peopple o the east who had to deal!) and then doing the election. ease up you hypocrites!!!!!

  • Joe LaCerra

    I have never seen her before, so I am watching cold. She’s drunk, pure and simple. I have no feelings, yea or nay, about her as a TV personality. What I see is a woman who is drunk.

    • sawweed

      do not cast stones until you know the truth

  • Sandra

    I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt. It could have been exhaustion… maybe. But why would the network bosses keep her out there when obviously something was amiss? However, if there is indeed a problem, we’ll soon know. Remember Jessica Savage?

  • rebecca

    did any of you turkeys think that maybe she might have had a stroke, which can cause slurring of words too. there are many possibilities as to why she was slurring her words, especially considering what is happening up that way, with Sandy and this new storm that is hitting them. People shouldn’t jump to conclusions and wait for a reasoning as to what is happening with her.

  • http://yahoo Charles

    These people must think she has an easier job than she has. She spoke lucidly and appropriately and didn’t miss a transition. She seemed to be happy and joyful and perhaps tipsy. But if you can do your job that well drunk then moe power to you. She did seem tipsy though but she knew where to draw the line. Almost inappropriately joyful, but she probably voted for Obama.


    ooo my Goodness shame on each of us in this society Dianne Sawyer must have been exhausted I hope she has some rest and if she covered both events bless her heart then it stands to reason she was slurring now check her heart and make sure she has not suffered a stroke praying for her and her family I’m concerned too she has really contributed to the media for many superior years one tyme something happens and I have read nasty negative comments but by the Grace of God go……. I u me us

    • cherylannemarie

      I agree with you regarding the negativity! I didn’t/wouldn’t have noticed “slurring” she seemed really tired to me. The woman works very hard and to be slandered like this is atrocious. I doubt she was drunk! How many things can 1 person do and be perfect — noone is perfect. People just love to spread rumors and be mean all hiding behind their computers/phones. This should not have been printed!!

  • nyako

    Has some thought is Diane might have a mini stroke sytoms from the slurred speech

  • Laura

    I have the utmost respect for Diane Sawyer. She appeared tired. I have recently seen a weatherperson on my local station who was either intoxicated or medicated. Unlike Diane, she was stumbling over her words. If Diane didn’t make sense, that would be an issue–but she seemed to know exactly what she was talking about.

  • Mury

    There are lots of reason rather than being drunk to slur your words. Is she a diabetic, TIA stroke, exhausted. Remember she is no spring chicken and exhaustion can do strange things to a body. I think she is too much of a professional to be drinking while reporting. I just wish folks would give someone the benefit of the doubt, rather than jump to the worse conclusion first. Seems it’s the same folks to like to see train/car wrecks and then be holier than thou. :-(

  • Herb Fischer

    Seen her stagger a bit. Too bad.

  • Michael

    hmmm, maybe I’m watching the wrong video…but I didn’t hear any slurring goin on…

  • Jew

    She is old – Strokes for sure

  • Herb Fischer

    Brian Williams should slur his speech after having his head up Obama’s ass for the last 18 months.

  • olive_r

    Oh, golly, yes, she was much brasher than usual — Diane is usually pretty restrained. But, frankly, I didn’t hear slurring. Could this not be a slur against her?

    • Connie Hudnall

      I agree with you.

    • NanetteFab

      I agree Olive…she is very talented, and that is definitely a tired, ‘slurring’ of speech. I have been there, done that with lack of sleep. It does not indicate drunkeness! Yes, she probably needed a good nap..but hey, can we use all this criticism and energy to start ACTING upon all the issues Americans continually VOICE? Get off your lazy derrieres!

  • Connie Hudnall

    Give the woman a break. She has been awake almost constantly since Sandy hit. She has to be exhausted. I admire her for the job she has done.

  • Simon

    I’ve been there done that and yes slurred from lack of sleep she looks very tired but not drunk.

  • Connie Hudnall

    I would like to say a little more. She is one of (if not the best) news person to come along since Walter Cronkite. I don’t know why people are wanting to criticize her. Give the lady a break. How well would you do if you had been through what she has been through in the last few weeks.

    • Donna

      Yeah, Connie, I agree with you. Diane has done and always does a tremendous job of reporting. And so what if she was tipsy, she deserved a little drink if tha is what it was, for all her hard reporting over the past few horrific weeks! WOW! all you self-righteous people, get down off your pulpits.

    • Bonnie Leist

      You’re absolutely right!!Give this responsible lady a break – she has a right to be exhausted – she’s no spring chicken, but quite a competent lady. She was tired. Haven’t you ever been tired after days of emotional turmoil caused by Sandy, and then being in the spotlight of such a rollercoaster! Good Grief. We’re suppose to be compassionate when a really good person falls a little because of human emotion. Hang in there!!!!!

  • johnson karen

    Networks are putting too much cashe on there anchor icons and should redistribute their talent more constructively.

  • Jaunq

    She was more Julia Child than drunk. Fatigue me thinks.

    • Katherine Nicholas

      She is still a pro at what she does.People need too stop all the hate. What is wrong with people? Why are they so mean and so full of hate. Is this what our young people are being taught? If so I feel sorry for people over fifty.

      • Marcella


  • richard

    Diane is a pro. We all have a bad moment now and then. She always has my utmost respect. Richard

  • mgc94520

    Diane sawyer was Drunk as a skunk

  • Lucy

    That bitch was drunk.

    • http://megsmither.com Meg

      Watch your mouth. How dare you speak of someone you don’t even know and to speak of her that way is without tolerance . Try doing her job before you even open your mouth.

  • L.C.

    The reactionary, republican Diane Sawyer may have thought Romney was going to win and started to celebrate ahead of time.

    • http://Yahoo.com sandra kendall

      You people that have made comments about Diane Sawyer and not knowing that she had been up for 3 days straight without sleep are rotten to the core.why don’t you get the right information before you start spouting off about something you don’t know?.It’s best not to say anything if it can’t be nice.

    • Beverly

      Diane isn’t a republican, can’t you tell?? I am so sick of biased news from the 3 networks….they need to join Obama in the unemployed line. You would think people wouldn’t be as stupid to re-elect him again…..UPM

  • cara

    Diane Sawyer is bipolar. Maybe she was very tired from Hurricane coverage and went into the election tired. Possibly her medication relaxed her too much. She was not drunk. She is an upstanding newswoman who has come a long way in her career. Why don’t people ever commend others? Give her a break.

  • David Paul

    Give Diane a break. She is a Professional who has been putting in long hours at the expense of sleep apparently. I know I get droggy
    and prone to be less than perfect when extremely t-i-r-e-d.

    Can you do better?? — A question to those who like to be critical.

  • Dorothy

    It doesn’t matter that you people say she was drunk. I’m sure she was totaly exhausted. I wouldn’t blame her if she threw a few snowballs your way in defense. Dianne is one of the best reporter’s I have ever watched. I don’t believe she would appear on National Televison drunk. When a person is so tired and without sleep you will slurr your words and mispronunce your words. Try it sometime and you will find it happens. God Bless you uninformed people.

    • Marcella


      • Roxanne

        I hope that is all it is-exhausation-it was the first thing epoeple told me about my sister right before she was diagnosed with ALS. I hope it heaven it is not that

  • Hugh Drummond

    Give me a break. The lady is in her mid to late 60’s, works tirelessly and professionaly, and even if she had a nip or two too much last night, she was totally coherent. So what if she slurred a word here or there. She was totally professional and fantastically entertaining, rather than that sober judge Stephanopolus who was sitting next to her. I thought she was totally delightful. Kind of like Auntie Mame’s best friend Vera.

  • Boni

    Can people get a grip! Why is it that ppl have to think the worst
    of every situtation?!!! These same ppl that start these rumors couldn’t do her
    job blind-folded yet they confuse being overly tired to drunk. Heard of slap happy ppl?Like it’s never happened to you? Incredible…!! Really?

  • elsa


    I think you need to retire while you are still at your best.
    So people will remember you as one of the best ever.

  • cheryl

    Hats off Mrs. Sawyer. If I put in the hours that you do, I would do more than slur words, I probably would have stretched out under the desk and got me a power nap. Voting is over, now it is time for you. Get some rest and take care.

  • Carol Hughes

    I think she may have had a TIA (mini stroke) she is after all in her late 60’s and has a stressful job. She has been on the air pretty much non stop since Sandy and I slur when I’m extremely tired and I’m only 50.

  • Jim Smith

    She doesn’t sound drunk, she sounds like an overpaid liberal prompter reader.

    • Marcia


  • MIchael Fjelstad

    I don’t know what people are talking about here. She was animated and that is all. She made some good points about the democratic process. If anything, she seemed happy about the process. What is wrong with that? I thought she was being very genuine unlike the rest of the talking head robots like George and the gang.

    • Marcia

      I totally agree with you, Michael. Brian Williams was the same way: loose, personal, spontaneous, and funny. I think people forget that on election night, these newscasters are speaking off cuff (as opposed to off the teleprompter). I’ve seen plenty of drunk people. They don’t string their words and sentences together the way the brilliant Diane Sawyer did last night.

  • joe k

    Drunk and stupid is no way to go through life Diane!

  • carol wesley

    is sawyer diabetic? uncontrolled diabetes can make one sound and act drunk. . .maybe someone should get her to a doctor. . .

  • subduedjoy

    Lol. It’s nice to see such a hardworking person loosen up for a change.

  • Lynn Hughes

    Diane Sawyer is a professional in the highest sense of the word. She has been available to report nearly around the clock for a week and is gracious and poised at all times. She showed enthusiasm and complete control of the situation. I would call any of you scandal mongers to hold a schedule like hers and continue to converse without pause or stutter for hours on end.

    • Marcia

      Thank yo Lynn, for your thoughtful and rational take on Diane Sawyer’s performance last night. I thought she was amazing and have nothing but respect for her.

  • Sally

    I think you guys should think about what you say ….she could have been having mini strokes….or diabetic low or high sugar will make you slurr…have some consideration ppl!!!!!!

  • Barry

    She was not slurring, she was salivating over Obama, every time she talks about him she does the same thing !!!!!

  • steve ehrlich

    WOW!! The look on George Stephanoupolos’s face is chilling. She sounded like Dan Aykroyd impersonating Julia Child. I’m amazed she didn’t do a Dave Barnett impression and say “Go-ahead run is at fifth … on what Obama is insisting on calling a botched robbery. What actually happened was his henchman”…I’d be shocked if ABC doesn’t fire her and she’ll have to go to the bush leagues, Current TV or E! Entertainment.

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